As a stylist and colorist at Martinez Samuel Salon in Weho, Scott King turns out the tresses of a handful of young Hollywood’s loveliest ladies, like Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G, Sofia Richie, Bailee Madison, and beyond. After training at Washington DC’s Graham Webb Academy, he felt blasé about his city, and with a little encouragement from mom, said sayonara to the nation’s capital and what’s up hello to LA. Ever since, the hair pro hottie has made quite the name for himself. Keep reading to see how Scott got to where he is today, as well as the products and advice he couldn’t have done without!
How did you get your start in the industry?
Ever since I was one or two-years-old, I have been obsessed with hair. I would bother family members and have mannequin heads throughout my childhood. I would always be styling my girlfriends’ hair and coloring my mother’s hair. I worked in my grandfather’s pharmacy starting at the age of 12 and would constantly be distracted by all of the fashion magazines and tabloids. I was so inspired and in awe of models and celebrities. My brothers always got their haircut at the barber shop, but I absolutely refused and wanted to be in the salon and gossip and watch all the the other stylists work on their clients. So, the next step was kind of obvious to go to hair school. I left New Jersey and went to Washington DC to go to school and then worked in a salon for five years before coming to LA.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge would have been leaving DC and adjusting to life in LA. It is 100000% different. I had one friend and no job, but I knew I had to be here to do what I wanted. I left a full clientele back in DC because I was so bored and I wasn’t inspired. I knew I didn’t want to just work in a salon and there is just so much more to this business. I literally started from the bottom again, assisting, broke as a joke. But it is the best thing I have ever done. I assisted so many amazing stylists and colorists and have learned so much. It’s extremely difficult but so worth it, you just can’t give up if you want to follow your dream.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
My mom has definitely inspired me to do what I love. She is the one who noticed I had a talent. She is the one that pushed me into pursuing hair and sending me to DC for hair school. So I can’t thank her enough for that, because I have a career that doesn’t feel like work.
Mark Townsend was always an inspiration because I have ALWAYS been obsessed with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Their effortless/undone hair is my favorite hair to do and Mark has perfected that look like no one else.
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I feel like a lot of people know about my undone/textured waves. Its my absolute favorite style and it suits almost everyone. But I don’t want to be known for one look. I learn everyday and try to expand my skills so I can achieve a variety.
What was your last major makeover that you’ve done?
I have a client who is an actress, Scout Taylor-Compton. She is literally a chameleon. She is constantly working and changing up her hair for roles. I have taken her blonde to red back to blonde to brunette all within 1.5 years. We then added length to brunette and a week later she had to chop it to her chin and cut a full fringe. I mean, thank god for Olaplex for keeping her hair healthy.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit?
- I always have my FHI Flat Iron because its perfect for giving the hair a slight bend or creating a super sleek look.
- Hot Tools 1.25” Marcel Iron to create undone waves or something as simple as the slightest bend around the face.
- R Session Pro Tools Nalu Waver– to create an old Hollywood S waves or an undone beach wave.
- I cannot live without my Sheila Stotts brush. I use it to detangle the hair or pump some width and volume to a style or textured ponytail.
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray because it helps give your hair an amazing slept in texture and its also really good for giving a little volume to someone with really silky straight hair.
- Ouai Wave Spray is a must because I use it to prep the hair before blowdrying and creating waves in the hair. I also use it as a finishing product sometimes by spraying it into my hands and scrunching it into the hair.
What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?
- I cannot just pick one! @traceycunningham1 is a must for ANYONE that does color. She is an absolute genius and she also gives you a breakdown of how she achieves that color which is amazing.
- @chrisappleton1 is an absolute genius when it comes to hair, like, a true artist. His way of styling is so intricate and am obsessed with everything he comes up with.
- @sergenormant because his styles are iconic and stunning. Years ago when his book Metamorphosis came out was another reason I wanted to do hair.
- @shaym too because she has the best hair and is drop dead gorgeous… also love the show PLL 😉
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Enjoy this time, do not get so stressed out, your time will come. Just stay focused and driven.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? What advice would you give to new stylists?
My best advice would have to have been to stay focused, driven, to always be a sponge, and to soak up every bit of information you learn.
I would pass along that information, but would also advise to stay confident and to have a good poker face. There are times you will want to break down or be uncomfortable in front of a client, but once they smell that fear they will most likely break you down even further. So stay strong, stay confident and stay driven.
What is the next chapter for you?
The sky is the limit. I would love to have more celebrity clientele. Travel for sure, going on tour with someone could be really fun. I would love to be a brand ambassador for a hair tool or product line that I really believe in. I also love extensions so maybe collaborate with a brand and come out with my own line.
Follow @scottkinghair for more #manespiration.
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